By James Beasley
After losing to powerhouse Brookhaven Academy in a preseason tournament, the Copiah Academy Lady Colonels are learning how to win. Last week, CA tamed a pair of cats, mauling the Central Hinds Lady Cougars 63-33 in Raymond on Tuesday and then rallying to edge the Canton Academy Lady Panthers 49-45 in overtime at Gallman on Saturday. The victories improved Copiah’s overall record to 4-1.
At Central Hinds, the Lady Colonels jumped in front 14-4 after the first quarter, increased their lead to 27-14 by intermission, and then pulled away in the second half for the lopsided win.
Whitney Phillips led Copiah with 17 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. Rachel Strait was also in double figures with 12 points. Madelon Cline and Lori Baham had 8 points, followed by Elizabeth Cliburn with 7 points. Other CA totals included Kacie Berry with 4 points, Mary Landrum Pyron with 3 points, and Kelsey Aikens and Logan Berry with 2 points each. Jordan Fisher led the Lady Cougars with 14 points.
On Saturday, the Lady Colonels rallied from a 7-point deficit in the fourth quarter to nip the Canton Academy Lady Panthers 49-45 in what CA head coach Dee Granger called “our worst game of the year.”
Copiah led 10-8 after the opening period, and was tied 22-22 at intermission, thanks to 3-pointers by Brooke Wilson and Whitney Phillips in the final minute of the half. The Lady Colonels trailed 35-28 heading into the fourth quarter, but rallied to tie the score 39-39 on Wilson’s clutch 3-pointer with 40 seconds left in regulation. CA then secured the win by hitting all 8 of its free throws in overtime, including four by Cliburn and two each by Camryn Mitchell and Pyron.
Phillips led the winners with 11 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. Close behind were Strait with 9 points, Baham and Wilson with 8 points, and Cliburn with 7 points. Other CA totals included Mitchell with 3 points, Pyron with 2 points, and Kacie Berry with one point. Canton was led by Corey Yeates with 17 points, followed by Katie Pepper with 12 points.
The Copiah Academy Colonels had four players in double figures as they whipped the Central Hinds Academy Cougars 67-51 in Raymond last week. CA captured its first win of the season by outscoring Central Hinds 25-8 in the final eight minutes of the contest.
Ben Boone led the winners with 18 points. Dennis Harper and Russell Hood had 14 points each, while Reece Hankins added 12 points. Rob Pyron closed out the Colonel scoring with 9 points.
Meanwhile, the Cougars were led by Jordan Curvie with 15 points, followed by Pete Demuth and Hunter Welch with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
On Saturday, Canton Academy outscored Copiah 10-5 in the fourth quarter as the Panthers escaped Gallman with a 39-34 victory.
Copiah trailed 10-3 in the first quarter and 22-17 at halftime, despite 3-pointers by Boone and Hood in the final minutes of the half. The Colonels got another 3-pointer from Hood in the third period and a basket by Pyron as they tied the score 29-29 heading into the fourth quarter.
Canton then went on a 10-2 run before Copiah’s Reece Hankins connected on a 3-pointer at the buzzer to account for the final margin. The loss left the Colonels with a 1-2 record.
Hankins led Copiah with 13 points, followed by Hood with 9 points. Other Colonel totals included Boone with 5 points, Dennis Harper with 4 points, Pyron with 2 points, and Michael Bagley with one point. Michael Jerome and Taylor Pierce led the Panthers with 18 and 12 points, respectively.